Leeds hospital counselling space to aid patient care

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A dedicated counselling space for patients with blood-related cancers has been unveiled at Leeds St James’s Hospital.

Leeds Rhinos rugby player Joel Moon has visited the hospital to open the new cancer support facility in Bexley Wing.

Designed to offer patients a quiet area to talk to nurses about their conditions and treatment, the room was put forward 18 months ago as a result of patient feedback and work by specialist nurses.

Gill Stewart, lymphoma clinical nurse specialist, said: “It was clear that we did not have adequate space in our outpatient department to see and support our patients after they had been given life changing news with the diagnosis of a haematological malignancy.”

Donations from friends and relatives of patients, the Friends of Lymphoma, Leukaemia and Myeloma raised a large portion of the funds needed for the new facility.

Lorraine Ritchie’s husband Ian was treated at Bexley Wing for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, prior to his death, asked for donations instead of flowers at his funeral.

She said: “We raised £1,840 at his funeral and I made the total up to £5,000. I am very proud to know that our contribution was the catalyst for such vast and vital changes to the ward.

“Ian would be so proud to know this and that there are now private rooms available for patients and families at a time in their lives when this is needed the most.”

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